Description (syllabus) for 2011

Unit/day 1 afternoon:  Manifest Destiny and the Growth of the American Union / Transatlantic Reform Movements in the Early 19th Century

Unit/day 2 morning:  Oppression and Resistance in Slavery:  The Americas / Lincoln, the Civil War, and the Reinvention of America

Unit/day 2 afternoon:  Accessing and Using Primary Documents from the Gilder Lehrman Institute Collection

Unit/day 3 morning:  The Incorporation of America: Industrialization and the Gilded Age / The Progressive Response and the Making of Modern America

Unit/day 3 afternoon:  Teaching at the Cemetery:  The Public History and Material Culture of America's Cemeteries

Unit/day 4 morning:  American Frontiers: Imperialism at Home and Abroad

Unit//day 4 afternoon:  Using Technology in the Social Studies Classroom / Using Art in the History Classroom

Unit/day 5:  Participant Project Presentations and Knowledge Survey

Joel Hodson, Ph.D., the program director, will oversee the course, lead discussions and grade assignments.  Summer lectures will be provided by distinguished scholars, Lawrence B. Goodheart, Professor of History at the University of Connecticut and Edward T. O'Donnell, Associate Professor of History at the College of the Holy Cross.

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Wilson was president throughout World War I. He attempted to keep America out of the war and even won reelection with the slogan "He kept us out of war." Nonetheless, after the sinking of the Lusitania, continued run-ins with German submarines, and the release of the Zimmerman Telegram, America became involved. with the Lusitania, the continued harassment of American ships by German submarines, and the release of the Zimmerman Telegram meant that America joined the allies in April, 1917.

Woodrow Wilson was President when the 19th amendment was ratified in 1920 giving women the right to vote.

Wilson piloted the ship that brought America onto the world stage. He made the first steps of leading us out of isolationism, violating Washington's tenet of avoiding foreign entanglements.

He led America during World War I. His fervent hope was for the US to join a League of Nations, the precursor to the United Nations.

A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "Life does not consist in thinking, it consists in acting."

A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "The Constitution was not made to fit us like a straitjacket. In its elasticity lies its chief greatness."

A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "I believe in democracy because it releases the energies of every human being."

The Seventeenth Amendment was formally adopted on May 31, 1913. Wilson had been president for almost three months at the time. The amendment provided for the direct election of senators. Prior to its adoption, Senators were chosen by state legislatures.

Wilson was the first president to receive a PhD which he got in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University. He had received his undergraduate degree from the College of New Jersey, renamed Princeton University in 1896.

Woodrow Wilson could not read during the first decade of his life. Though undiagnosed, he may have suffered from a learning disability

Woodrow Wilson was known as "Tommy" until his college years.

Woodrow Wilson during his boyhood, helped establish the "Lightfoot Baseball Club" with his friends. Wilson played second base and was an avid sport fan throughout his adult life.

Woodrow Wilson was the first president to attend the Major League Baseball Fall Classic. He saw the debut of a young 20 year old pitcher by the name of George Herman "Babe" Ruth.

Woodrow Wilson was a graduate of Princeton University and Johns Hopkins University and the only president to hold an earned doctoral degree.

Woodrow Wilson image is on the $100,000 bill although it is no longer in circulation